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The surprising number of dating apps for busy professionals

(Tech News) Not all app developers are out building the next Twitter or Facebook, no, a surprising number are trying to solve the dating puzzle for the ultra busy professional.

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Dating Apps Geared for Workaholics

The newest trend in the business world has nothing at all to do with business. The latest business trend is dating apps geared toward busy business professionals, with developers around the globe hoping to solve the conundrum of pairing people that are traditionally too busy to get out into the dating world.

After covering the newest app of this type, the emails began rolling in from dozens of companies asking us to consider their similar offering, so we’ve rounded up five of the most interesting below that focus on connecting business professionals.

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1. Ahead

Ahead is very much like LinkedUp. It introduces you to professionals in your area and then allows you to anonymously “like” or “pass” on your recommendations. If your match also presses “like” you can then chat with them right inside the app; no need to divulge your personal contact information right away. While this app is used for dating, it is also being used to find new contacts, business partners, and outsourcing contacts.
It is available for both iOS and Android users.

2. We Pair You

We Pair You is a bit like matchmaker meets Tinder meets networking. Instead of filling in your answers about yourself into blank data fields, you will speak with a real person. When you sign up you will complete a quick ten minute phone call, so the We Pair people can get a better idea of who you are. Then each month We Pair matchmakers send you matches from their database. They will continue to work with you until you find your ideal match. We Pair You is available only through the web site.

3. Twine

While Weave is not directly aimed at business professionals; it is rapidly becoming a meeting place for like-minded individuals. Instead of filling out an endless form of questions about yourself and your background, Twine asks you to create a photo collage of your interests: turning dating completely visual. Users can browse different personality collages and if they mutually like one another’s collections, the application reveals their profile pictures. Each person can then accept or ignore the invite. Twine hopes this will take the focus off surfing an endless stream of profile pictures and help users connect on a deeper level. Many collages include business related pictures, allowing users to connect on several different levels. Twine will also connect with Facebook, if you desire. It is available to iOS users only.

4. Weave

Weave works a bit differently than other apps. Once you download the Weave app, check-in at an airport, coffee shop, conference, work, convention center, or anywhere else you are open to meeting another person. You can then anonymously “meet” or “pass” on professionals that have checked in to the same location, or nearby. If someone also wants to meet, you can connect right away, or arrange to meet at another time. This one is a bit like speed dating, relative to your location. Weave is available for iOS and Android users.

5. Coffee Meets Bagel

If you are feeling overwhelmed with the number of matches you get each day, this app will simplify it for you. Once a day at noon, the Coffee Meets Bagel app sends you one potential match (or “bagel”), and you have 24 hours to say yes or no. If it’s a mutual “like,” then you will be connected via a text message or a phone call. The app also uses Facebook to connect you with potential matches, which have mutual friends. This could lead to a plethora of business-related matches, depending on your contacts and your friends’ contacts; according to the company, having mutual friends between matches result in 40% more connections. This app is currently available only for iOS users, but they have an Android app in development.

The takeaway

While these apps do offer many benefits of meeting new contacts both for professional purposes and personal, there are a few drawbacks. If a relationship goes awry, it could impact your professional life, since many business professionals share contacts and networks. For many people it is a good idea to keep their work and personal lives separate, for others, it is not an issue. What do you think? Have you tried any of these apps?

Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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Jenzy helps perfectly measure your kids’ feet

(TECH NEWS) Jenzy is a mobile app currently in beta that helps you perfectly measure your kids feet and buy shoes without having to leave your home.

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Parents rejoice, there’s now a mobile app that sizes your child’s feet to determine their correct shoe size. No more carpet charts that every kid has put their dirty little socked foot on, or those weird metal sizing instruments.

With Jenzy, you just take a picture of your child’s foot, and the app calculates the measurements. It then generates personalized size and style recommendations, which you can order directly from the app.

Jenzy partners with podiatrist recommended brands designed for active kids, including pediped, Robeez, and Morgan & Milo. However, you don’t have to purchase their suggestions to receive the sizing info.

Incorrectly sized shoes are a literal pain for everyone, but this especially affects children, who don’t have purchasing power.

Additionally, shoes that don’t fit can have long-term effects on children’s growth and development, and lead to foot problems in the future. Properly fitted shoes are necessary for healthy foot development.

Wearing incorrectly sized shoes is just part of the problem. If shoes aren’t suited for every day use, children’s feet and overall growth can also suffer.

Flip flops, ballet pumps, and shoes with raised heels are not recommended by podiatrists for frequent use, as they can cause discomfort, or even musculoskeletal issues.

According to Dr. Stewart Morrison, a University of Brighton podiatrist, “children’s feet are still growing and are more susceptible to damage than adult feet, so it’s really vital to ensure they are wearing shoes which fit them well – in width as well as length – and that are suitable for age, as well as the task they are wearing them for.”

As online shopping has taken over, fewer parents are getting their children’s feet sized by in-store experts. Of course, there’s also a cost-barrier, as many stores that offer shoe-sizing are often more expensive.

Jenzy hopes to bridge that gap, providing parents both proper shoe sizes and affordable products designed to last.

Right now the app is set to launch in December, but if you don’t want to wait, apply to take part in the beta test on Jenzy’s site.

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Time is money and Clockify helps you make the most

(TECH NEWS) Tracking your time worked as a freelancer can easily be lost in the shuffle. A new tool has been designed to make this important aspect easier.

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After years of searching for a method that works for me in terms of organization and productivity, the answer seemed to be simple: a calendar I can write on and Post-It notes. This method is a little old school, but seems to get the job done for my organizational needs.

However, there are some things that slip through the cracks with this method, but it’s more user error than it is the actual practice. One thing I struggle with is keeping track of my freelance hours this way.

I have a tendency to guesstimate how much time I worked throughout the day and know that I wind up underdocumenting my hours. I would hate to know how much money I’ve missed out on keeping (sometimes inaccurate) handwritten notes.

But, like many other small scale issues, there is a simple solution. And that is found in the form of time trackers.

One of the newest members to join the online time tracker team is Clockify, who operates under the idea of “your time, your rules.” It is a free time tracking tool designed for agencies and freelancers.

Clockify allows users to manage as many team members, projects, and workspaces that you need in an effort to help your business run smoothly. This allows for a complete overview of team productivity.

The tool offers a way to enter time manually as well as clock time automatically. This way you can keep tabs on what you’re working on and assign and label time logs to the appropriate clients.

With this time tracking, you are able to generate weekly, monthly, and annual reports at any given time. These reports can be saved, exported, and shared with clients to give them more information about your work process.

The real-time tracking helps to improve business efficiency and gives more insight into what each team member is spending their time on. Having this information available can give visual representation of how to improve in the future.

Clockify currently exists in desktop format with iOS and Android apps coming soon.

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Russia vetoed cryptocurrency and came back with CryptoRuble

(TECH NEWS) Russia put a hard pass on other cryptocurrencies in their country so that they could hop in the crypto-game with their own CryptoRuble.

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Just days after The American Genius reported that the Russian Central Bank would attempt to block access to cryptocurrency trading cites, the Coin Telegraph has reported that the Russian government will issue its very own cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble.

The report cited local Russian papers, who quoted the minister of communications, Nikolay Nikiforov.

Earlier this week, head of the Central Bank, Sergei Shvetsov, said that he would work with the Prosecutor General’s Office to ban Russian citizens from accessing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, calling such currencies a “negative phenomena for our markets” and a “pyramid scheme.”

Now it appears that the Kremlin will create its own cryptocurrency – one it can keep an eye on — which, some might argue, defeats the entire purpose of cryptocurrency.

However, like other cryptocurrencies the CryptoRuble will be based on blockchain and will presumably help prevent online fraud.

CryptoRubles will be exchangeable with regular Rubles, although the systems of exchange have not yet been set up. Experts think that Russia is hoping to stimulate e-commerce without the need for foreign money markets, which will allow them to have more independence from the United States.

According to Nikiforov, the Russian government is setting up its own cryptocurrency under the assumption that if they don’t, other European governments will.

Said NIkiforov, “I confidently declare that we run CryptoRuble for one simple reason: if we do not, then after two months our neighbors in the EurAsEC will.”

Traders using CryptoRubles will be asked to provide documentation of retail transactions and services rendered – or pay a 13 percent tax for undocumented transactions, leaving a wide loophole for money laundering.

Critics say that Russia is trying to facilitate, while also profiting from money laundering; that the Kremlin is stealing the market from other cryptocurrencies; and that the CryptoRuble fundamentally defies the spirit of decentralization that inspired other cryptocurrencies.

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